Troop­ers cau­tion safe travel dur­ing busy Me­mo­rial Day week­end

Calhoun Times - - SECOND FRONT - Staff Re­ports

The Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day travel pe­riod be­gins this week­end and sig­nals the be­gin­ning of the sum­mer travel sea­son. The 78-hour hol­i­day travel pe­riod will be­gin Fri­day, May 27, at 6 p.m. and end at mid­night on Me­mo­rial Day. Dur­ing this pe­riod, Ge­or­gia State troop­ers will be en­forc­ing speed lim­its, seat belt us­age and look­ing for im­paired driv­ers. “Our goal is to in­ter­cept dan­ger­ous driv­ers be­fore they can cause a fa­tal crash,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, com­mis­sioner of the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety.

Last year dur­ing Me­mo­rial Day week­end, troop­ers in­ves­ti­gated 472 traf­fic crashes that re­sulted in 297 in­juries and 10 traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties. In ad­di­tion to the traf­fic crash in­ves­ti­ga­tions, troop­ers ar­rested 270 peo­ple for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence while issu- ing 8328 ci­ta­tions and 12,284 warnings.

Troop­ers re­port that speed, a lack of oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion use, and im­paired driv­ers are the lead­ing con­tribut­ing fac­tors in a ma­jor­ity of the traf­fic crashes they in­ves­ti­gate. While trav­el­ing this week­end, mo­torists should be alert, pa­tient, and cour­te­ous to one an­other to help pre­vent crashes. Also, all mo­torists should make sure that ev­ery­one in the ve­hi­cle is wear­ing a seat belt, obey the posted speed limit, and use a des­ig­nated driver if the con­sump­tion of al­co­holic bev­er­ages will be in your plans.

This is also All Amer­i­can Buckle-Up Week across the nation. Now through Me­mo­rial Day, state high­way pa­trols and state po­lice agen­cies from across the United States and Canada are join­ing to­gether to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the im­por­tance of wear­ing seat belts while trav­el­ing in mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

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